A woman who shared skimpy bikini photos in a bid to start a body positive thread has received huge backlash.

Twitter user Val Addall posted two snaps of her rocking a blue two-piece, captioning the post: "Let's do a body positivity thread, drop your pics so we can show sum love."

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While many responded to her call-out with their own selfies - others were left outraged by the whole idea.

Val Addall called on other Twitter users to share their snaps to start a body positive thread, but not everyone agreed. Picture: Twitter/ValAddall
Val Addall called on other Twitter users to share their snaps to start a body positive thread, but not everyone agreed. Picture: Twitter/ValAddall

One woman retweeted the post, pleading with Twitter users to "please stop doing 'body positivity' threads", slamming them as a mission to receive "more compliments" rather than a genuine appreciation of different bodies.

It sparked a huge response, with many condemning the original post, describing the people involved as "fishing for attention".

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The post gained more criticism when Val tweeted the brand of bikini she was wearing, calling on them to sponsor her.

Despite the huge backlash, many loved the idea, posting their selfies showing their varying body shapes and sizes to the thread and praising Val for being an "inspiration".

Despite the divisive reactions, the post has gone viral, attracting almost 3000 comments and 42,000 likes in the days since it was posted.

The body positive movement was created by and for plus-size women to help reclaim confidence.

In Australia, the average woman is a size 14-16 and weighs around 71.1kg, according to data by ABS released in 2016.

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